The Bill was introduced to parliament on 30 September 2010, and if passed will amend a number of areas, including; breastfeeding, family responsibilities and the definition of sexual harassment.
The definition of sexual harassment is amplified by the inclusion of:
(a) the sex, age, marital status, sexual preference, religious belief, race, colour, or national or ethnic origin, of the person harassed;
(b) the relationship between the person harassed and the person who made the advance or requestor who engaged in the conduct;
(c) any disability of the person harassed;
(d) any other relevant circumstance.
It will also operate provided either the person the subject of harassment or the perpetrator is in a workplace. It will not be a requirement for both to be in the same workplace.
In addition, an Age Discrimination Commissioner role is created before the Australian Human Rights Commission.
Brisbane Barrister – David Cormack